• Traveller

    Traveller

    ★★★

    This is kind of a hidden gem. It's not reinventing the wheel or anything, but it's a solid con movie that nobody knows about.

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★

    It’s tough for me to get onboard with an introspective character piece when the lead actor has such a basic one note performance.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★

    I wanted to like this. Hawke is great and some really nuanced ideas are explored. It's slow as hell, but engaging enough because I always felt like it was building somewhere interesting. But then the ending came and I just sort of shrugged. I don't know man. Maybe I just don't get it. A lot of times I think movies like this are deliberately obtuse, but I'm genuinely unsure here.

  • Short Circuit

    Short Circuit

    ★★★

    The 80s were weird, but also pretty fun. This is a perfectly enjoyable family film, with obvious portions that didn’t age well. Mainly Fisher Stevens playing an Indian man and the idea that Steve Guttenberg would be in any way believable as a scientist.

  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★

    Interesting. I think I would have loved this movie if I first watched it in high school. It has a lot of style. As an adult, I think it's pretty good, but there's a somewhat juvenile nature to it and there's not a ton of substance. Also the ending was pretty weak. There's some solid performances, great scenes, and the introduction of Han though. This movie honestly needed more Han. I love Han.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★

    Kiss Kiss Iron Man kinda sucks. Not enough Iron Man in it. Villains are lame. Shane Black is usually so much funnier than this.

  • Joe Bell

    Joe Bell

    This movie's heart is in the right place. It's clearly made with the intention of having anti-gay dads watch it because they like Mark Wahlberg and think about their beliefs more critically. A noble cause, but the movie is still objectively terrible.

  • Universal Soldier

    Universal Soldier

    ★★★

    There was enough action in this make up for the relatively uneven script.

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★

    The idea that someone besides Spielberg probably should have directed this movie is pretty far from a hot take at this point. I'd definitely agree. As is, it's good. A little cheesy, but strong characters and performances outweigh said cheesiness.

  • Enough

    Enough

    ★★

    This felt like the stereotypical Lifetime Original Movie got a 2000s Thriller makeover. So uh... weird tone. I kept feeling like the movie wanted me to have fun watching JLo and child escape domestic violence. I also took issue with the pacing. The last 20 minutes are the revenge movie I was promised. There's roughly 100 minutes of not that beforehand.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    This is the kind of movie that a random person on a bus will talk to you about, no matter how clear you make it that you don't want to make a new friend today.

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    ★★★★

    This is a cult movie that is completely deserving of it's status. Dare I say this is underrated. The production design and practical effects are great. The clowns tow the line between scary and funny. They find so many creative ways to have the clowns kill people. This is a gem.